(Closed) Need help please-reception wording on invitation

posted 7 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Yeah, with a 5 PM wedding you definitely need to give people a heads up that you won’t be serving dinner.  Your wording is fine.  Or “join us for hors d’oeuvres after the ceremony”.

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2010

well, i have a similar timeline my reception is at 4, and ceremony and reception is all in the same place so while us and the WP leaves to go take pics, there will be a cocktail and hor d’eouvres served for an hour followed by the reception so i am owrding mine as: 

 cocktails and reception immediately following

cocktails means drinks right after ceremony and hor d’eouvres sort of go without saying. i thought at first it made us sound like drunks but it is truly a cocktail hour.. 

 

 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think calling it a cocktail reception makes it the clearest. Personally, if you say cocktails and reception, I might expect a cocktail hour AND a dinner reception, with the cocktails starting at 5 and full dinner later.

IF you say “cocktail reception,” I’ll know not to plan on a full meal.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I would definately specify.  If I read cocktails and reception I would probably just assume a dinner was in the reception.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I would say “Cocktail reception to follow”

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

You could also say “cocktails and dessert to immediately follow” I think people with either assume there will be hors d’oeurve (since that’s pretty standard with cocktail receptions) or they’ll just be pleasantly surprised.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I would not use “cocktail” for exactly that reason.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

You could just say something like “Celebrate with refreshments and cake immediately after the wedding!”

Refreshments can mean a lot of things, and I’ve seen that used at business-type events to just mean food and something to drink, not necessarily alcohol.

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